Neil Rathmell – writer

150+ essays on literary topics



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How do you tell someone you love them if you can’t find the words?

This play about a man and his stammer was written in collaboration with Dr Trudy Stewart, a speech and language therapist, with the help of people who stammer.

It was first performed by Leeds Arts Centre at the Carriageworks Theatre in July 2017. A new production by BMH Productions was performed at The Old Schoolhouse, Oxford, in October 2019.

Improbable Fictions

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A collection of short stories, from two stories which appeared in Introduction 4 (Faber & Faber, 1970) to stories published up to the present day in literary magazines such as AmbitProle and The Penny Dreadful. Several previously unpublished stories are also included and illustrations by Maria Hayes are an added delight!



1549 was the year of Kett’s Rebellion, when thousands of ordinary people in Norfolk protested against the enclosure of common land by wealthy landowners. Robert Kett, himself a landowner, changed sides and became their leader. He led them to Norwich where they made their camp a mile outside the city. Within days their numbers had grown to 20,000 and the mayor, Thomas Cod, had no choice but to let them in. Today it might have been called the Norfolk Spring or Occupy Norwich.

‘A page-turning read and an illuminating insight into important events in our history.’  Matthew Branton

Vive le Mole!

My grown-up sequel to The Wind in the Willows sees Ratty, Mole, Badger and Toad flying south for the winter. What happens when they touch down in a Provençal village is a far cry from life on the riverbank. Vive le Mole! is a comic tale of love and intrigue in the south of France.

An Englishman (and his mother) Abroad

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This is the story of the ten days I spent with my mother in India to celebrate her 90th birthday with friends in Chandigarh. As well as telling my mother’s story, I write also about characters from India’s history and mythology – from Ranjit Singh, the last great ruler of Punjab, to Prince Half-a-son, a character in an old Punjabi story; from the Maharajah of Patiala, with his collection of Rolls Royces, medals and concubines, to Didho Ranjha and Heer Sayal, the Romeo and Juliet of Punjab; from Guru Nanak, the first Sikh Guru, to Udam Singh, avenger of the massacre at Amritsar.

“A perceptive view of hospitality in India, which I enjoyed greatly because it closely reflected my own experiences on a recent visit. The unlikely story of how the author took his mother there for her ninetieth birthday was quite inspirational.” (Goodreads)

Heer Ranjha

Two of the stories from An Englishman (and his mother) Abroad are available as individual e-books from Amazon.

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